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TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, Published February 14 2013

ND boxer Virgil Hill wants one last fight in state

BISMARCK — Olympic silver medalist and professional champion boxer Virgil Hill says he will have one last fight in North Dakota.

Hill, 49, who grew up in North Dakota, said Thursday it will be a farewell fight as he plans to end his professional boxing career.

Hill has been training with renowned boxing trainer Freddy Roach in California over the past year.

He did not provide any details about the fight, but Hill said it will be a cruiserweight bout and he wouldn’t mind it taking place in Bismarck, where he fought several bouts.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Thursday gave Hill a North Dakota license plate with "LUV ND," calling him a "true favorite son of the state of North Dakota."

Hill was recently announced as the newest member to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Hill last fought in 2007, losing the World Boxing Association cruiserweight title.

Hill will be in Grand Forks on Saturday, where he has fought as an amateur and pro. Hill will attend fights Saturday afternoon at the East Grand Forks, Minn., American Legion. Boxing begins at 1 p.m. and fans are

encouraged to take part in a meet-and-greet with Hill.